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Connecting Communities through Strong Mobile Network Improves Services & Safety

The First Responder Network Authority recently participated in the Smart Cities workshop in Las Vegas, hosted by US Ignite on May 30. Local governments and industry came together to discuss general public safety solutions in light of smart city deployments. Leaders from Albuquerque (NM), Boise (ID), Lafayette (KY), Las Vegas and Henderson (NV), & Portland (OR) attended & shared examples of how they are deploying smart city solutions in their communities.
The conversation centered around collaboration among local government, planning agencies’ IT departments, and public safety agencies. Although these entities may have different focuses in their community service areas, similar factors drive their decision making: connectivity, interoperability, quality of information, funding, & the power to convene & collaborate. When planning agencies, their technology departments, general public safety, and other people work together, the return on technology investment can far exceed what they imagined.
The smart communities vision discussed at the US Ignite conference—in which…

Tech Talk: La Jolla, CA, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

This blog post is part of the “Tech Talk” series focused on the FirstNet.gov Authority’s standards development activities to support the general public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to general public safety & other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented general public safety interests at the plenary meetings.
In the FirstNet.gov Authority’s ongoing effort to keep you informed regarding standards development activities impacting public safety, & following our recent update on the March Plenary meetings in Chennai, India, this blog discusses the latest developments from the 3GPP Plenary meetings held in La Jolla, CA, from June 11-15, 2018. The June quarterly meetings addressed standards in several areas relevant to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Networks (NPSBN) in three separate plenary group meetings. 
The Radio Access Network (RAN) Plenary—
More than 400…

Helping America Celebrate a Safe & Happy 4th of July

As most Americans make plans to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, first respondent across the country are preparing to work around the clock to keep communities safe.
The job of a first responder is dangerous any time of year, but summer celebrations present a new set of challenges & complexities for fire, law enforcement, EMS & other general public safety workers. Calls to emergency responders increase by more than double over the Fourth of July holiday – car accidents, fire incidents, water rescues & heat exhaustion all tend to go hand-in-hand with warmer weather.
For the first time, as our first respondent work to keep large crowds safe at Independence Day celebrations, FirstNet.gov is now available. FirstNet.gov is the nationwide wireless broadband networks dedicated to public safety. More than 1,000 public safety agencies across 52 states and territories are already using the network -…

FirstNet.gov Momentum: More Than 1,000 General public Safety Agencies Subscribed

Public Safety Agencies Across the Country are Adopting Their Networks, Seeing Immediate Benefits From Key Capabilities & Highly Reliable FirstNet Connections
First respondent championed the creation of FirstNet. & now that it’s here, they continue to show their support. More than 1,000 public safety agencies across 52 states and territories have joined FirstNet.gov.gov, nearly doubling the network’s adoption since April.
FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Being built with AT&T*, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov Authority), FirstNet.gov is bringing general public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. & in every emergency.
FirstNet.gov is designed to support the entire public safety community. Current users include:
11 state patrol agencies
Tribal public safety agencies
Volunteer firefighters and respondent
Federal agencies
School districts. They can use the service to communicate and coordinate with general public…

Smooth Sailing for FirstNet.gov.gov at Volvo Ocean Race

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists & sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 
On the day that the seven V065 race boats arrived in Newport, thousands of spectators turned to their digital devices to watch live race updates for a “pit lane” experience while other people accessed the local networks for race information or to share pictures or videos online. 
During past events in & around Newport, when Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, & his team shared the network with the public, emergency communication over the existing commercial network was mired by delayed or lost…

From hurricanes to tropical storms, Emergency Managers are at the center of community preparedness

Emergency managers are at the center of community preparedness & response should an emergency or disaster strike. As hurricane season is upon us, it is a reminder of the important work of our nation’s emergency managers who put service to their communities first in times of need.
On the days leading up to hurricanes or tropical storms making landfall, information pours into Emergency Operating Centers (EOCs). & during an event, emergency managers must make timely decisions and ensure that the right information is disseminated to the right public safety, general public works, elected officials & non-governmental organizations. Law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services providers & countless other general public safety officials working in the field rely on this time-sensitive information to improve their situational awareness & maintain the safety & security of residents in the path of incoming storms. 
Emergency managers depends on reliable emergency communications to monitor & relay…

FirstNet.gov Has Arrived: What EMS Professionals Need to Know about Public Safety’s Broadband Network

This blog is a repost from April 2018 issue of Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) EMS Insider.
For many years, I’ve been talking to my fellow paramedics & colleagues in EMS about the promise of FirstNet.gov, the nationwide general public safety broadband networks. There were a lot of “whens” & “ifs” & “we expect” in those discussions.
Today, it’s exciting to no longer have to say this groundbreaking tool is coming soon. FirstNet.gov has arrived. Currently, our networks partner, AT&T, offers priority & preemption to first respondent over its existing network as it expands FirstNet nationwide. The connection that FirstNet.gov.gov provides is helping first respondent do their lifesaving mission more efficiently and effectively.
At our recent FirstNet.gov Board Meeting in Little Rock, we heard from two Arkansas agencies that have adopted FirstNet.gov. Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) serves more than half a million residents in & around Little Rock. MEMS Executive Director…

FirstNet.gov Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged & overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.
Thanks to a quick response, first responders were outfitted with 30 FirstNet.gov.gov “ready” devices connected to a deployable SatCOLT (satellite cell on light truck) to support Brookfield. Within hours, fire & police were taking advantage of FirstNet’s reliable connection with priority and preemption to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.
“The Connecticut Incident Management team who we contacted to help us work with AT&T, said, ‘Look, we know you guys are down on phones. We’re going to make it happen.’ & it was done within two hours,” recalls Assistant Fire Chief Ellis. “We got confirmation, got a…

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR General public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet.gov Chair
General public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program General public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018
 —As prepared for delivery—
Good morning everyone & welcome to America’s Finest City & the 2018 PSCR Conference.
We have spent so many years talking about what seemed to be the elusive nationwide public safety broadband network. It is thrilling this year that FirstNet is finally here and first responders are using its capability with great satisfaction.
I am am so pleased to see what is happening in the worldwide for first respondent. The reality of a nationwide general public safety broadband network has created a marketplace to develop solutions that will help save lives & make the work of public safety more efficient.
& we’re going to hear a lot about those solutions this week. By now you can see that this going to be a week full of great information…

Global Government Leaders Forum Highlights Innovation in General public Safety Broadband

BRUSSELS, the 24th of May 2018 – Wireless broadband is transforming communications for emergency respondent globe. Today, government leaders from more than 20 countries gathered to discuss their experiences, challenges, & solutions for deploying broadband networks to help first respondent communicate.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov Authority), in conjunction with Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE), held the second annual International General public Safety Broadband Leaders forum for government executives in Belgium.
“Every Nation relies on general public safety to keep their communities safe & secure, & communications is critical to that mission,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Mike Poth. “A global marketplace is opening for public safety broadband communications to the benefit of all emergency responders.  We are pleased to advance that marketplace through government-to-government forums like this, which brings together international leaders to drive innovation for general public safety in the U.S. & around the worldwide.”
FirstNet.gov is the first & only nationwide…

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